Teeth Whitening

Both in surgery and home teeth whitening kits to brighten your smile.

teeth whitening

In Surgery Teeth Whitening Treatment

Whitening your teeth is a great way to brighten your smile and increase your self confidence. At O’Neill Dental Care we use the Pola Office+ System which is an extremely quick in surgery whitening treatment performed by a dental professional. The end results are visible after a short period of time, usually on the same day as your treatment.

We have completed over 4000 teeth whitening treatments, some of which as part of a wider cosmetic treatment.

POLA OFFICE+ teeth whitening treatment

How does it work?

The unique formulation releases an active whitening ingredient to start the whitening process straight away.  This formulation contains the fastest bleach available to safely whiten teeth and is for in surgery use only.

To reduce sensitivity during and after treatment Pola Office+ uses Pola Desensitising Technology (PDT). Your dentist will use the colour guide below to identify your tooth colour when you arrive for surgery. You and your dentist will agree on how many shades brighter you would like to whiten your teeth.

This treatment takes only 45 minutes and costs €495.

teeth whitening colour guide

Home Teeth Whitening Kits

We also prescribe home whitening treatment kits, PolaDay and PolaNight. Both treatments are safe and very convenient. Pola teeth whitening products are available in different strengths to achieve the desired outcome. They contain a desensitising agent and high water content to reduce sensitivity and protect you gums.

PolaDay teeth whitening

PolaDay needs to be applied for 30 minutes twice daily to achieve your desired whitening effect.

PolaNight teeth whitening

PolaNight is applied overnight and is more suitable for patients with more sensitive teeth.

At home treatment typically takes two 2 – 3 weeks to achieve the desired results. Home treatment kits are priced at €395.

PolaDay teeth whitening at home: Twice a day

night time teeth whitening kit

PolaNight teeth whitening at home: overnight

Causes of staining and discolouration of teeth

There are lots of reasons why your teeth may become stained or discoloured. We can control some of the reasons but not others. Staining and discolouration can be a result of lifestyle issues or it may be out of our control due to our overall oral health, medical treatments and trauma.

The food and drink we choose can stain our teeth. For example, tea, coffee, red wine and even pasta can lead to discolouration of our smile. Smoking is one of the more obvious causes of surface stains, apart from other side effects. Poor habits such as not brushing regularly and neglecting to visit your dentist for cleaning can also lead to staining.

Some causes of staining and darkening our teeth are very much out of our control. As we age, our tooth enamel becomes worn. This exposes the yellow dentin within our teeth reducing their bright white appearance.

Certain medications and treatment can also be a factor. Some medications can effect enamel formation in kids teeth. Other medications can stain or lead to discolouration. Treatment such as chemotherapy are known to darken teeth.

Also, sporting and other accidents can reduce blood supply leading to a darkening of the teeth.

Comparing Teeth Whitening Treatment Options

Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach but may contain small amounts of peroxides to help whiten your teeth. These products contain a specific amount of abrasives and detergents in the paste to help remove staining. Whitening toothpastes effects are limited and can only brighten teeth by 1 or 2 shades.  

Overnight home whitening kits such as Pola Day and PolaNight are more effective at whitening than toothpastes. They use a fitted tray with a whitening gel that must be worn overnight or for a specified amount of time during the day. The safest options are those kits supplied by your dentist to reduce risk and deliver the best results.

The ideal solution is to use in surgery whitening as your dentist can apply higher concentrations of whitening gel in a safe and controlled manner. This leads to the best results and will reduce the risk of sensitivity during and after treatment.

Teeth whitening can last for up to a year but is very dependent on exposure to the causes of staining. By avoiding or reducing consumption of teas, coffees, red wines and smoking cigarettes.

The safest and most effective way to whiten teeth is in surgery treatment and results can be maintained and prolonged by regular home based whitening touch ups as recommended by your dentist. 

All whitening treatments will increase sensitivity to a greater or lesser degree. It is worth consulting your dentist prior to beginning any form of teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening Before and After

Joanne, 2021, Swords.

Teeth Whitening Before
Teeth Whitening after

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